Greg Kostraba

Content Director

February 16, 2009 marked the beginning of my second go-around at WBAA. I worked here as a Program Host/Producer from 1995 to 2001, hosting classical music, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the weekly 20th century classical music series “The Kostraba Conundrum.” After a short stint as Program Director at a public radio station in Kansas, I moved with my family to Toledo to serve as Classical Music Director at WGTE-FM, staying for seven years. Among my highlights in Toledo, I was fortunate to win the 2007 Ohio Public Broadcasting Award for "Radio Producer of the Year" for my monthly in-studio performance program “Live From FM 91” and special programs celebrating the life and music of composers William Grant Still and Samuel Adler.

Aside from my family, my passion in life is playing the piano. I have master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. You may have heard my performance of William Grant Still’s Kaintuck’ with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on Performance Today or seen me as soloist with the Lafayette and Purdue Symphony Orchestras or playing chamber music on the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society series. I was also a semifinalist at the Fourth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2004 and produced the Toledo Clarinets premiere CD on the Cambria label. Most recently, my horn trio Quelque Chose released its first record on Kickshaw Records. I have also been featured on two recordings of music by Rick Sowash on the composer’s own label. My favorite gig, though, may have been playing on a weekly basis in the Rusty’s Jazz Café Big Band in Toledo with my late father, the bandleader Dan Terry, in the audience.

Ways to Connect

WBAA is providing music and food for thought to accompany your Thanksgiving Day. Our special programs include:

Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Food, Fall and Gratitude hosted by John Birge - Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m. on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM. Guests include Christopher Kimball and Stephen Hough.

The Lafayette Symphony and Kentucky Opera will join forces to perform Mozart’s comic opera “The Marriage of Figaro” Saturday, November 21st at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center, 111 N. 6th Street in downtown Lafayette. LSO Music Director Nick Palmer previews the performance with WBAA's Greg Kostraba.

The Lafayette Chamber Singers will be in performance Sunday, November 15th at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette. Artistic Director Clayton Lein previews the concert, titled “Cold Winter’s Ice Is Fled,” with WBAA's Greg Kostraba.

WBAA’s Greg Kostraba talks with Adam Bodony, Interim Orchestra Conductor at Purdue. They discuss Purdue's orchestra program and preview this season’s concerts.

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony's Artistic Director José Valencia and two members of the orchestra about the next WVYS concert, Sunday evening at 7 at the Long Center for the Performing arts in downtown Lafayette.